NAU Spring 2012 Hopefuls - page 3

by lilyblooming

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Hi everyone, I'm Lily. I am applying to NAU's 2012 program and was hoping for any advice with the HESI A2 (what books to study since I've heard many bad reviews about the review) I know it's some time away but I am shooting to... Read More


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    I went to see the advisor at NAU Tucson just now and she gave me a lot of great information.
    Apparently it's true that NAU wants to switch to the Kaplan entance exam rather than the HESI.
    They also are looking at throwing out the Liberal Arts requirement. We should get the solid information by this May.
    Thank you everyone for all the great information. Hopefully we can get more NAU Spring 2011 hopefuls to come join this discussion.
    - Lily
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    Quote from kythe
    Does anyone know about LPN-RN at NAU? I know they don't have a transition program specifically, but I've heard they can integrate LPNs into the regular program.

    My GPA isn't much above 3.0, I'm not sure exactly. It also has been many years since I took some of the prereqs. I've been an LPN for 4 years now (just renewed my license!) but I don't know what my chances are of being able to get a higher degree without starting over completely.

    Sorry, I don't know anything about this. I know there is a bridge RN to BSN but I don't know anything about LPN . . . I'd give them a call.
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    Quote from lilyblooming
    I went to see the advisor at NAU Tucson just now and she gave me a lot of great information.
    Apparently it's true that NAU wants to switch to the Kaplan entance exam rather than the HESI.
    They also are looking at throwing out the Liberal Arts requirement. We should get the solid information by this May.
    Thank you everyone for all the great information. Hopefully we can get more NAU Spring 2011 hopefuls to come join this discussion.
    - Lily
    Well, I'm glad that I'm applying for next semester and have already taken the Hesi. I purchased the evolve reach (by Hesi test publisher) and the Kaplan review guides to study for the Hesi entrance exam and after taking the pretest in the Kaplan book I felt like an idiot. I must have gotten 30% the first go around. If their guide is any indication of what their entrance exam is like then I would have been in trouble. I did quite well on the Hesi but I don't know how well I would have done on a Kaplan written exam.
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    Quote from Cliff527
    I like the program don't get me wrong, but at times I feel as if I am floating on this vast sea of nursing information and have very little guidance. It just took me some time to get used to the set up. I am taking 4 classes; NUR 205 (Fundamentals of Nursing), NUR 214 (Intro to Health Assessment), NUR 215 (Pharmacology), and BIO 320 (Pathology). My nursing 205 class meets once a week for lecture for 3 hours and once a week for 8 hours for the lab section which starting on week 11, next week, we begin our clinicals after passing a mid-term skills check off list. Nursing 214 the didactic portion is all online, then we meet once a week for 3 hours to practice what we have read. NUR 215 is all online with a once a week internet live lecture and is very intense. Bio is a joke, it is very easy and you will see when you take it why it is so. I think you really need to be prepared to do a lot of learning on your own and come to class prepared with questions as you only meet once a week. The first 8 week are INSANE, I was reading an average of 40 chapters a week, taking quizzes, and many other things! My first NUR 205 test was over 28 chapters and 600 pages so be prepared for that, which I am happy I got a 90 on that test. Which leads me to the one thing I Don't like about NAU vs UA is the grading scale, U of A uses a regular grading scale, at NAU 100-93 A, 92-84 B, 93-75 C, below 75 and F. Don't get me wrong I like my program and am very glad I got in, the reason I chose NAU over U of A is I heard awful things about the U of A program. If you have any more questions feel free to ask, also if you do get in just a little heads up that your books alone cost 1000 your first semester ontop of everything else you need to buy! Also if you want a heads up about what the classes are like here is a link that shows you the syllabi for some of the classes, look at 205,214, & 215 as those the first semester classes. http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~nurse-p/stud...urse_packs.php

    Oh - I do have a question. I read in the course pack that one of the classes requires you to pick up patient assignments outside of class/ clinical. Do you know yet how this works? I have two little boys and my youngest is only going to be going to preschool while I'm in class. Just trying to cover my bases for childcare (provided I get in - they need a fingers crossed emoticon).

    Thanks
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    Quote from NomadMomma
    Oh - I do have a question. I read in the course pack that one of the classes requires you to pick up patient assignments outside of class/ clinical. Do you know yet how this works? I have two little boys and my youngest is only going to be going to preschool while I'm in class. Just trying to cover my bases for childcare (provided I get in - they need a fingers crossed emoticon).

    Thanks
    We are just getting to that part of the semester right now, I am assuming you are looking at the syllabus for NUR 205 (clinical). What happens is you have to pass the Mid-term skills checkoff, which we just did yesterday, then next week we have an 8 hour orientation to Devon Gables from 6:30-3:00, which is where we spend the rest of the semester for clinicals. The following week before our next clinical day, in our case Thursday, we have to go to Devon Gables on our own time and look through the patients and pick out one we want to take care of specifically. As I learn more I can post if you want.
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    Thanks Cliff. Good luck.

    Lily - just wanted to say sorry for hijacking your thread Maybe you'll get some more 2012 hopefuls soon.
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    I'm looking at NAU for Spring 2012 as well. I'm looking at both Flagstaff and Tucson. Thanks for the great information so far Cliff and others.

    I am a bit concerned about the clinical situation at Flagstaff and need to investigate a bit more.
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    Quote from NomadMomma
    Thanks Cliff. Good luck.

    Lily - just wanted to say sorry for hijacking your thread Maybe you'll get some more 2012 hopefuls soon.
    Please don't worry about that.. All the information being discussed will only help me in the end.
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    Quote from Encarn
    I'm looking at NAU for Spring 2012 as well. I'm looking at both Flagstaff and Tucson. Thanks for the great information so far Cliff and others.

    I am a bit concerned about the clinical situation at Flagstaff and need to investigate a bit more.
    Welcome!
    I am also look at both Flag and Tucson. Hopefully we will get more hopefuls and learn more about the new application process in the coming weeks..
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    Hey everyone.

    I'm a spring 2012 hopeful for the Tucson location (1st choice) and Flagstaff location (2nd choice). I know we are only a few months away from the application deadline, but I can't wait! Speaking of applications... as of today, NAU's nursing website does not have the application available because it is being revised. "The new application form will be ready in summer of 2011."

    I did read some posts about the entrance exam possibly switching from HESI to Kaplan. Wonder if that is one of the revisions. I hope it doesn't change too much, because I have an old application I am working with until the new one is ready.

    Anyway, I am excited to partake in this process with all of you.

    Best of luck,
    Kyle


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